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Wondering if your business is too small for a group retirement plan?
One of the keys to attracting and retaining top employees is to offer a high-quality retirement plan. A group savings plan conveniently helps employees save money for the future while reducing and deferring taxes today. Plus, the investment you make in a group retirement plan is an investment you make in your organization, your employees and your reputation. Everyone’s a winner.
Three options stand-out depending on what you want to accomplish with your plan and how much flexibility you need. These are: 401(k) plans, SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs.
The 401(k) Offers the Most Flexibility and High Contribution Limits The traditional 401(k) is probably the most widely known retirement product on the market. It’s the fully loaded, high performance SUV of retirement plans. It’s generally defined as one that enables a business owner and employees to make consistent, tax-deferred contributions during the length of their careers.
SEP IRAs are Pretty Easy to Start and 100% Funded by the Employer Simplified Employee Pensions, more commonly referred to as SEPs, are also a popular retirement plan choice as they offer a contribution limit that’s similar to a 401(k). It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a 401(k) plan, but it’s got a good engine under the hood. One of the most important things to understand about SEPs is that 100 percent of the contributions made are by the employer (no employee contributions allowed) and these dollars are immediately vested for the employee.
The SIMPLE IRA is a Solid, Affordable Third Option
The SIMPLE IRA’s name is a bit misleading (it actually stands for Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees). While both employer and employee can contribute to the plan, the employer must match and matching is vested immediately.
If you do decide that you want to offer a retirement plan, you are definitely going to need some professional advice and guidance. Pension rules are complex, and the tax aspects of retirement plans can also be confusing.
As a financial planning and wealth management professional firm, Mintco Financial has been helping its clients effectively plan for comfortable retirements.
Michael Minter, as a managing partner of Mintco Financial, is a trusted investment management professional who carries more than 16 years of experience in this challenging career field.
Throughout his professional history, Michael Minter has gained strong insight into what skills and knowledge is necessary to perform investment management, wealth building services, small business development and retirement plans.
Michael MInter is also author of the book I-Plan, a guide for your financial security.
Call Michael Minter at 813-964-7100 at Mintco Financial.
Retirement Planning for Small Business
Buying gold is an investment strategy which, in this current bear market, is unlikely to fail to make a real return on your investment and safeguard your personal wealth against ever rising inflation, but perhaps the hottest gold investment strategy available to private and institutional investors is certified gold coins.
Certified gold coins as a gold investment strategy are pretty much the same as gold bullion bars with one exception; the rarity and scarcity value which is placed upon them because they are highly prized collectors items. It is the collectible value which tends to make them more expensive than bullion bars and harder to come by. A gold investment which comprises bullion bars and bullion coins is a wise investment, simply because the spread is wider and when it comes to selling and retrieving some of your gold investment and turning it into liquid assets it is sometimes easier to sell gold coins on the market because of their rarity and scarcity, and of course this can and does push the price over and above gold bullion bars.
Making a gold investment is something people have committed themselves to over the centuries and certainly there is documented evidence dating back some ten thousand years of gold ornaments and trinkets being gathered together as a safe haven for someones wealth and a protection against the then documented political unrest of the time.
The economy is in a precarious state which is reflected in the US dollars continuing devaluation and the gold bear market, which is now 12 years long and shows no sign of slowing. For investors in gold bullion products, just like in the distant past it is a safe and tangible asset to hold.
The modern era of gold investment and the free gold exchange began in the late dark days of 1974 when a little political skulduggery legalized the ownership of gold in private investors hands for the first time in well over four decades. Although it started with a trickle at first, the floodgates were well and truly opened, and by 1990 the entire gold and silver bullion and certified coin dealing business had become a bit of a feeding frenzy. Many investors got their fingers burned through lack of knowledge of this particular market and there were some really vicious sharks waiting to eat alive the unsuspecting punter and investor.
Fortunately all of that changed with the inception of the Certified Gold Exchange which from day one of trading earned and has kept a continuous A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, serving only to offer investors an honest and level platform for gold investment advice and a place where honest above board deals can be conducted.
Entrepreneurs are born, not made, but thirst for freedom is the spark that ignites.”
— Wilson Harrell
What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur in today’s business world? Well, there are many giants of business you could ask, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone better than Wilson Harrell. Read about a country boy who became a marketing guru and entrepreneur. He is quite simply a business legend.
Born in Georgia, 1919, Wilson Harrell, world renowned entrepreneur and marketing guru was a man of strong conviction. In his great business journey, he lived a glamorous life all through. Not all know that Wilson was a fighter pilot in World War II and received Purple heart, Air medal with 4 oak leaves and also the President Citation.
It all began with Wilson Harrell & Company started by Wilson himself after the war. The company distributed Kraft products to huge military PX market and in very less time the company sales reached $200 million. But Wilson had other ideas, he sold the distribution company. Then he bought Formula 409, a household cleaner product company for $30,000 and turned it around. He later sold the company for $7 million and bought 60 food brokerage companies whose total sale exceeded $500 million.
All in all, Wilson started over 100 companies and turned around a few. He was voted America’s no.1 columnist for the year 1995 and 1996 by the American society of Business for his monthly contribution to the Success Magazine. Wilson was also the past publisher of INC. magazine.
Along with being the Founder/Chairman of council of growing companies, nationwide organization, Wilson was also the leader and voice of entrepreneur’s movement in America. His book “For Entrepreneurs Only” was a bestseller and still one of the most admired in this genre.
In his book, he discussed the hunters and farmers of cave man age. He reasoned from science and a variety of studies that genes are passed down and often entrepreneurs are the children of entrepreneurs. At some point thousands of years ago, entrepreneurs were the hunters of our world while the farmers tend to be employees.
He enjoyed great success in life and died in 1997 at the age of 78 from lung cancer.
“I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now the tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think-I did it all that
And may I say
Not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no not me, I did it my way”
– Source-“For Entrepreneurs Only” from Wilson Harrell.
Conspiracy theorists say that the world is ruled by a single shadowy organization. They say that the banks are owned by this group, and they can manipulate the global economy to further their own selfish goals or to control rival groups that can threaten them should they ever get too big. Regardless of whether you want to be a part of some group’s world-domination plot or are just someone who wants to work in the finance industry, there are a lot of reasons to take up a job in banking.
The first is that it is one of the simplest jobs in finance. Financial advisors, consultants, and the like are known to make really big bucks but they often also struggle dealing with a lot of stress. Imagine having to look at sheets upon sheets of paper filled with numbers and trying to figure out why the business is plummeting, and fix it. Some who have a knack for it consider it a challenge but if you want to fulfill your ambitions at a later time, then banking is the perfect place to start.
The second reason to take up a job in banking is the good working environment. Bank employees have relatively lower stress levels compared to others in the finance sector. Happy workers equals happy working environment.
Another good reason to work in a bank is the job security. Banks withstand financial crises, and employees seldom get laid off unless they did something they weren’t supposed to do. Should there be another economic depression, god forbid, working at a bank won’t affect you that much.
Banks also have fixed schedules. Some banks only open on weekdays. Others open on Saturdays. No banks open on Sundays. This at least guarantees you a day off. At any rate, most bank schedules are only 8-5 and you are rarely kept in the office after-hours. This is also another reason why the working environment in banks is really pleasant.
The final reason you’ll want to work at a bank is you’ll want to be associated with a big name. You seldom hear a “lowly” bank teller calling himself such, as even a teller is proud to be working in the bank. A bank’s name is a trusted one. If you state that you’ve worked for a particular bank, then that trust is reflected on you as well. This isn’t to say you should go work for a bank so you can put something on your resume. When you get a banking job, stay there as for as long as you can as the rewards you reap will be based off of it.
When running a small business, marketing your products and services is an important aspect your must consider and plan for. No matter what industry you play in you will no doubt have competition. Even if you provide a better service or product you still need to stand out so consumers know. Marketing can be a big cost but there are also many affordable alternative to advertise your business.
Here are three simple advertising ideas and suggestions to give you high visility.
Vehicle back windows
A rear car window covererd with a sticker of your business is an affordable option to promote your business. Whenever your car is being driven around your business is being seen. For as little as one hundred and fifty dollars this is a small investment. Depending on how many years your sticker last, the breakdown cost of purchasing you rear window sticker works out to be even less.
Don’t overload the sticker with too much details. Keep the sticker bright and colorful. Avoid a cluttered look with too much details. Keep it simple. Don’t put more than three items of information. Your logo with business name, phone and tagline is all you need.
Large car magnets are another cheap alternative. These magnets are strong enough to withstand high speeds. To repeat – keep the design simple. Order many at a time and hand them out to your friends for their cars. You can purchase four magnets for as little as fifty dollars.
An alternative to magnets is use multiple smaller sized ones. A stack of twenty five magnets can be bought for about thirty dollars. Get people to take notice by scattering you car with these. When people take your magnets you know they’re working.
Ask your signwriter to print you a large banner. The cost of a small banner can be as little as one hundred dollars. We’ve even seen banners from as low as six dollars.
Use the small banners effectively by parking at the front of a busy event or location. Hang the banner from the side of your car. Your car and banner can’t be missed.
These are three simple advertising ideas to kick start your marketing on a budget.
Click Here to see Ryan Johns working these advertising ideas
Web hosting providers are able to offer business entrepreneur a number of different things when it comes to their Website hosting. Sometimes, Website needs better hosting types for its videos, since a faster connection will allow faster downloads and more consistent flowing. When it comes to web host for streaming videos from Internet servers, there are several important things that user will need to keep in mind. First, an entrepreneur will want to choose a web hosting service provider that is reliable. This is important because no matter how fast the connection is, if it keeps cutting out an entrepreneur will not be able to upload or download what they want to accomplish.
It is also important that the entrepreneur knows disk space and bandwidth limitation when it comes to their Website hosting. Actually there is a limitation on the amount that can be downloaded. When it comes to a web host flowing video from Internet servers, it is very important that if the user notices anything slow of unnerving about the process that they talk to their web host if there is any type of problem.
If an entrepreneur is curious about what type of hosting is suitable for video Website, there are certain options available, and their advantages are almost limitless. For some people, that change shape will be the fact that there are news videos available. For others, it will be the highlights from sports games and races or fights. And still others will be curious about the ever expanding world of online gaming business on the Internet. Even many business entrepreneur building entertainment videos Website for more profit.
This can change from place to place and while controls can be put on the system in order to block certain sites, it will also be important that there are discussions that take place in order to determine what, if anything, will be blocked, this way if anyone ever cannot access something they know why.
Searching for reliable web host on the Internet is not very difficult. All an entrepreneur needs to do is access the search engine of any web browser. From here it is very easy to type in what they want to look for. This will be important if the user want to get reliable web host for the Website. The entrepreneurs do not need to think they will be overcharged by their web host, because this will not happen. If the bandwidth and disk space or other resources used in a right way entrepreneurs do need to pay any extra charges for its specific use, but if they are not then the entrepreneurs need to be aware of what they are getting into.
Small business literally means those where the total workers are less than hundred and the capital is also less than a million. This definition varies from country to country but the key point is that it indicates the small scale business or personal business. The small businesses account more than fifty percent of the GDP for a country. Therefore each country put a lot of its concentration in the development of the small businesses. But there is still a problem that every entrepreneurs face at the initial stage, that is finding a start up business loan.
For a young entrepreneur, raising a fund is the most crucial part. This is because most of the people can come with the creative business ideas but when the question is the investment, more than ninety percent entrepreneur does not have the ability to fund the start up cost. And for them the most common solution is the bank loan. But the worst thing is although there are many schemes offered by the banks and other financial institution, getting a loan is still hard like before.
When a person apply for the start up business loan, the bank authority show little respect about his small business ideas and act like that the person will never going to pay the loan. This kind of obstacles often makes the situation hard for the young entrepreneur.
On the other hand, other resources for funding are also limited. Most of the people do not have enough money or property of their own to be self funded. There are different financial organization but, they have a higher rate which is not favorable for the small business. Therefore the bank loan is the most suitable for funding the small businesses.
The SME loans of different banks should be easier to get for the young entrepreneurs. And also more attractive offer should be created from both the bank and the government to aid the small businesses. This will be beneficial for the economy because according to the record, the new employment rate is higher in the small business industries. Also the revenue is also higher from the small and medium businesses.
As February rushes by, those New Year resolutions may be turning into distant memories if not forgotten dreams. Except for that one significant promise, to become master of your own destiny and invest in your own business.
If you are dreaming of owning your own business, there are some trends in your favour. Slow to moderate overall economic growth in many countries hard hit by the recession is forecast to continue through 2011. In the US, the small business sector remained in recession in 2010, lagging in recovery, and is now predicted to see stronger demand and better business conditions this coming year. Key trends seen as driving the growth of small business are
small manufacturing businesses in niche markets aided by technology making barriers to entry lower,
the weak dollar aiding US manufacturing cost competitiveness,
the internet becoming more widely known to small business as a low cost way of sourcing and selling goods and services.
Small business growing more familiar with and making greater use of social media in their local marketing efforts -think Groupon Inc and its highly successful coupon business supporting local deals!
When time is not on your side, the resilient and proven franchise business model allows you a faster and often comparatively risk adverse track to generating positive cash flow. Although its your own business, you don`t have to go it alone making a proven franchise operation a smart choice. Strong viable franchise opportunities are there for the qualified buyer, so how to join that select group?
Access to financing from traditional sources is expected to remain tight in the US throughout 2011, in spite of the Governments continuing efforts to support small business through tough times. We recommend that potential franchise buyers be cautious when selecting companies to do their 401(k) rollovers or when selecting a financing company with all of the fraud that has occurred in the banking sector over the last several years, finding a reputable company to provide your financing is more important than ever and a winning point in your favor with franchisors.
MatchPoint Franchise Consulting Network was founded in 2006 with a mission of helping companies expand their franchise networks and improve their system. The advice offered freely to franchise buyers by MatchPoint consultants is vital to the buyer in making a better, prudent, buying decision. The advice offered by our consultants does not make us lawyers; it is there to help the investor with a high quality due diligence process.
MatchPoint consultants know the red flags in the investment field. It takes the very few promoters that practice business fraud to taint the dream of the franchisee and their family.
That`s where seeking the independent advice of an expert franchising consultant is prudent and invaluable.
You must be aware of the franchise model that many businesses all over the world follow. The travel industry is no different. There are many companies who offer travel franchise to business owners who are looking to set up their own business without having to work on the initial business model and stuff like that. Owning a travel franchise can be a profitable thing for you. Here are the advantages of owning a travel franchise, especially if you are in India:
Getting a share of the pie- Travel industry in India is still at a very nascent stage. It is expected to grow at a stupendous rate. Therefore, having a travel franchise gives you an opportunity to get a share out of that stupendous growth. And that certainly translates to a fantastic business opportunity.
No teething problems- Starting a business can be a tough affair. You have to take care of the market research part, set up a profitable business model and do loads of hard work to establish a business. The same holds true for the travel industry as well. However, when you decide to own a travel franchise, what that essentially means is that you are getting to set up your own business without setting it up in literal terms. What I mean to say is- you get the business model and an established name without having to work hard.
Value for investment- To own a travel franchise, you of course have to invest some amount into it. However, investing in a travel franchise is a safe bet. The reason being that as said earlier, the travel industry is bound to grow and therefore, your travel franchise is bound to get business. Secondly, you get an established business to head, so you dont need to worry about marketing and other aspects. You just need to follow the guidelines of the parent company and you are done. It is as simple as that.
For the people with an entrepreneurial streak in them, getting a travel franchise for themselves is surely a smart way to move forward and one that will ensure good returns on their investment.
Top water bass fishing can be some of the most exciting action you will ever have on the lake. When the fish are hitting the top, the action can be fast and furious all day long. Sometimes though, even though they are hitting the top, they are still sitting in beds of grass or lily pads.
The Yum money hound will let you to make the most of your quality time on the lake, because it allows you to rig the lure in a weedless style.
Not only do you lose more lures, but you have to clean your hooks on just about every cast! Cleaning hooks is not the way I like to spend my time on the lake. That’s why I bought the Yum money hound.
There aren’t any top water, hard plastic baits that let you fish in the weeds without fear like the Yum money hound will. The great part is, the weedless feature of the bait, without sacrificing the action of a hard plastic.
To get the most out of the bait, you will need two things: a simple razor blade, and an EWG (extra wide gap) hook.
With the razor blade, cut carefully along the narrow bottom strip of the bait. Now rig the EWG hook through the nose, and back through the body of the bait almost like you were rigging a worm.
These two steps will help you in two different ways. The EWG is a wide gap hook, which lets you set the hook more effectively, and will give you a better strike to catch ratio. Cutting the bottom of the bait lets the hook penetrate through the bait, into the lip of the fish much easier when you set the hook.
You can still do well if you don’t cut the bait, but you must have the wide gap hook. Otherwise, you will be setting the hook, and losing a lot of fish during the fight.